A Seahawks fan's account of the journey to Super Bowl Championship

Through the eyes of a 12: Seahawks bring home the Lombardi

2/11/14 in NFL   |   Jess   |   34417 respect

Epilogue? Not Quite:

We flew in to the Philadelphia airport, so of course the first order of business was to enjoy an authentic Philly Cheesesteak at the corner of Pat's & Geno's (Not the official name, I know.) We were driven around by a friend of ours who grew up in the area and he said he prefered Tony Luke's to either of these, but that the first Cheesesteak experience should always be one of these. We eenie-meenie-miney-moed it and ended up here.
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(If you look closely, you can see the Geno's guy photobombing. He's not happy with our 12ing.)
 
From Philadelphia, we drove southeast to Cape May, NJ where we stayed. Saturday, we spent the day in Atlantic City, checking out the boardwalk

"Sugar" was the ridiculously large candy store there - it was love at first sight.
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Walking out through the Pier at Caesar's, I couldn't help but notice this little treat, the likes of which I've never seen on the west coast (up here in the north where we "goosebumped beach bums" live, it would be extremely useful!) Between the little fence and the window overlooking the beach and ocean, there is a strip of sand, with lounge chairs and tropical flora, where you can kick off your shoes and enjoy the warmth of the sand. I want one!
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Also at the Pier was a fountain - right behind the photo posted above, actually. I heard water doing its thing and I looked down to see what was going on. Whaddaya know? Even the fountain was cheering for the Seahawks!
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I know this is just any ol' statue in any ol' Caeser's casino, but this one was special. Why? Because right before we left, I decided to throw a penny in and make a wish...only, I didn't have a penny. So a quarter it was - I flipped it in, closed my eyes, and wished for something I never wish for: A Seahawks win. Thanks for delivering, statue dude!
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From Caesar's, we went to a place called White House Subs - apparently it's kind of a big deal, though I'd never heard of it. There were photos on the wall of various patrons such as Joe Pesci, James Avery, Al Pacino, and so many more I can't remember. the subs were amazing, of course. (What is it with sammiches on the east coast? What is it that they do to the bread out there? Must figure out a way to duplicate.)
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When we left for Atlantic City on Saturday morning, I completely spaced grabbing our Seahawks flag in order to carry out plans of "12ing" all over the city. So, it actually turned in to a new way to 12 - one that's a little off the beaten path from what everyone else is doing with their Seahawks gear and flags...
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Sunday morning, bright and early (even though the game didn't start until 6pm) we were geared up and ready to get on the road, for the 2.5 - 3 hour trek up to East Rutherford!
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I'd never been to a train station before; certainly not one the likes of Secaucus Junction in New Jersey. This place was out of control! I don't think there was anybody there who wasn't going to the Super Bowl, and it was about half-half Broncos/Seahawks fans. Broncos fans chanting "M. V. P!" and "ZE-RO RINGS!" while the 12's chanted, "L. O. B!" and "SEA!! HAWKS!!" it was all good-natured and fun. And LOUD! Really, really loud.
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This just made me giddy. Thought I'd share...
Blog Photo - A Seahawks fan's account of the journey to Super Bowl Championship

Coming up on MetLife after leaving the train, everything just seemed larger than life. As many games as I've been to, and even the Pro Football HOF, I've never seen anything like it...
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See Deion's bald head in there by the Pizza Hut logo? Yea, that happened.
Blog Photo - A Seahawks fan's account of the journey to Super Bowl Championship

This also made me giddy...I was there!
Blog Photo - A Seahawks fan's account of the journey to Super Bowl Championship
 
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When we found our way to our seats, these were sitting on them - puffy cushions with pockets. The pockets held a "Warm Weather Kit", with all sorts of stuff - hand warmer, earmuffs, radio, travel mug sleeve, radio, chapstick, kleenex, hand warmer packets, a hair wrap thing that makes me look like a pirate (I love it), and of course the Pepsi Halftime Show LED lightup hat that we all wore during Bruno's show. (I didn't take this pic - I stole it from the interwebs.)
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The view from our seats. As usual, it always looks smaller in pics - we had a great view and could see everything that was going on, on the field - from end zone to end zone, sideline to sideline. Fantastic.
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The celebration! Ever wonder what the confetti looks like from above while showering the players?
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Pretty awesome to see this IRL rather than on Madden...
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There were souvenir stands all over, of course, and the biggest NFL Pro Shop I've ever seen in my life. Outside the exit of the shop was a FedEx desk set up for shipping - of which of course we took full advantage. (And then we still ended up having to check an extra suitcase.) Here are all the goodies we shipped home for friends and family! I figured they had a place in this blog as well...
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Last, and certainly most importantly, this thing of absolute beauty. The point of my entire trip that I would have enjoyed even if this went home with Denver. But I'm so very glad it didn't! What a ride. (I didn't take this pic either.)
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(Notice CLink in the gleam! Gorgeous.)

Well folks, that's it and that's that! I hope you enjoyed this crazy journey through my eyes. Hopefully I can do it again sometime soon!

 
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2/12/14   |   ms_hippie_queen   |   29943 respect

LOVE!

2/12/14   |   Jess   |   34417 respect

heart Thanks guys!

2/12/14   |   kobe_lova   |   61233 respect

Awww, fantastic!

2/11/14   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

All too often when I read a person's travel story, I get kind of bored and jump to the end.  Not so.  I read every single word, looked at every picture (again, as I had seen many of them) and I still almost choked up.  So very glad you got to experience this, and that you shared it with us!! Wonderful, awesome, INCREDIBLE!!!!

2/11/14   |   Jess   |   34417 respect

kteacher wrote:
So awesome!

I hope you make one of those photo books. Takes FOREVER, but totally worth it.

Oh, I hadn't even thought of doing one of those! What a great idea, thanks! I have a coupon for one, I think...I need to get on that.

2/11/14   |   kteacher   |   34311 respect

So awesome!

I hope you make one of those photo books. Takes FOREVER, but totally worth it.

2/11/14   |   Sharp Square   |   11935 respect


well done Jess ...... 

2/11/14   |   JenX63   |   32446 respect

Awesome!